Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Michael Cohen Should Get 'Long Prison Term,' Trump Says

Michael Cohen Should Get 'Long Prison Term,' Trump Says

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing today that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial".

Thirty-three people and three companies have been charged in the probe, including Cohen, Trump's former lawyer who last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress when he insisted that Trump was pursuing plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016.

Two of the cases he helped with were separate to the Russian Federation investigation, large parts of the document were redacted and the full extent of Flynn's assistance was not revealed, suggesting that Mueller's work is far from over.

The special counsel said that some of the information Flynn gave is sensitive, and related to ongoing investigations, so it asked that part of an addendum to the sentencing memo be sealed.

In September, the special counsel's office officially scheduled December 18 for Flynn's sentencing. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn's offense suggest 0 to 6 months of incarceration. NBC News a year ago reported that "a "very senior member" of the transition team directed Flynn to contact foreign officials, including those from Russian Federation". Not only did he draw notice to how soon into the investigation he agreed to cooperate, but he also pointed out how valuable his cooperation has been.

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Flynn ― who joined in chants of "lock her up" against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Republican National Convention ― admitted that he made a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 24, 2017.

President Trump lashed out at special counsel Robert Mueller and his own former personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Twitter Monday.

To date, there have been scant details from Mueller's team about the extent of Flynn's cooperation, including how many times he was interviewed, what he disclosed and whether he fully cooperated to their satisfaction. One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance.

It's unclear if Trump will now turn his fury on Flynn, who Trump grew close to during the 2016 campaign and has drawn the president's sympathy since he came under investigation. Flynn made the request after discussing it with deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland, who was at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, and being told that Trump's transition team did not want Russian Federation to escalate the situation. But his lawyers, in a sentencing memorandum filed late Friday night, offered the fullest explanation yet for Cohen's motivation in switching sides and joining the government team, as prosecutors like to say.

President Donald Trump passed Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as he arrives via Air Force One at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 6, 2017.

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